Red Hat Lands Swedish Windows-to-Linux Contract

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Red Hat gets Swedish military to move from archaic Microsoft NT to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. (Linux-Watch)

Nine times out of 10, Linux migration contracts are about companies switching from Unix to Linux. This one's the tenth. Red Hat announced on Feb. 6 in Stockholm, Sweden that the Swedish Armed Forces has decided to migrate its servers from Windows NT to RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux).

With the deal, FMLOG Servicedesk, the Swedish Armed Forces' IT department, will be able to offer RHEL solutions to any division or branch of the military. At present, RHEL is the operating system platform on nearly 200 servers in the Armed Forces' core IT infrastructure. There, it's used to run in-house developed software.

The decision to go ahead and migrate other servers running the obsolete Windows server operating system NT to Red Hat was primarily based on its advanced security features.

Another factor was Red Hat's strong support, ease of migration and its compatibility with existing in-house software.

Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Red Hat Lands Swedish Windows-to-Linux Contract

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor of eWEEK.com's Linux & Open Source Center and Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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